The Town of Blackfalds announced the resignation of Councillor Rebecca Stendie, during the March 12 Regular Council Meeting.  

Stendie’s resignation was effective on March 4. She was on council since October 2017.  

The town thanks her for her years of service to the community and wishes her all the best in her future endeavors.  

According to the Municipal Government Act (MGA), the resignation triggers a by-election that must be held by July 2.  

Going forward, council has directed Mayor Jamie Hoover to request a waiver of the MGA requirement due to the timing and cost of a by-election.  

The previous by-election in 2022, cost the municipality an estimated $8,000 for the facility space rental, supplies, and the time town staff spent administering the election process.   

Funding was not allocated in the 2024 budget for a by-election. However, if the municipality is required to move forward with the by-election, funding allocation can be made during the spring budget adjustments.   

The cost of the by-election is estimated to be approximately $15,000.  

In addition to the cost of a by-election, the workload on administration is a challenge as the municipal census is kicking off.  

More information on the by-election will be announced as it becomes available.   




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